Your Recovery Journey – starting in January 2016

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Many still wonder if it’s possible for those of us who experience mental illness or mental health issues to develop and accomplish our own goals, reconnect with ourselves and others and recapture meaning and purpose in our lives. We are here to say: YES!

‘Your Recovery Journey’ (YRJ) is based on the experiences of people with lived experience of mental illness/mental health issues, who know there is hope, who live in recovery and who plan, manage and lead full lives with others and in community.

This NO-COST program, offered by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Mental Health and Addictions, was first developed in 2009 by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada and is now open to all. YRJ offers a personal workbook and five weekly 90-minute group sessions facilitated by mental health peers. Learn more about starting or continuing Your Recovery Journey in a relaxed and welcoming environment, where we’ll share information, peer knowledge and experience, support, local resources and ideas.

Session Topics:

  1. What is ‘Recovery’?
  2. Quality of Life
  3. Self-Management
  4. Medication as a Tool for Recovery
  5. Moving Forward: Personal Action Planning

Where: VCH LEARNING HUB, Level B, Room 12 Heather Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital
2733 Heather Street (near 12th Avenue, up the stairs. Wheelchair-accessible entrance on 12th)

Look for the “YRJ” arrow signs inside Heather Pavilion, Level B

When: Five Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm: January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 2016

All adult Vancouver community members with lived experience of mental illness/health issues welcome! (Including self-referred peers, supporters and participants in other Vancouver Coastal Health or community-based mental health and addictions services and programs.) No medical referral needed, accessible location.

Register: By phone at VCH Mental Health and Addictions Peer-Led Groups, 604-708-5274. Please leave your name and contact phone number for ‘Your Recovery Journey’ along with any questions you may have; registrations will be confirmed by phone in early January, 2016.

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